emmacat wrote:New member... My HDL has always been ridiculously high; all my doctors over the years have remarked it's the highest they've ever seen in a patient. (Typically ranges from ~120 to ~140). All have brushed it off as a good thing. I think there's a growing body of evidence that it's not necessarily a good thing at all, but I haven't been following HDL literature closely lately.
Welcome, emmacat! My HDL also runs on the high side, and until recently I regarded that as positive. Now, as new information is coming in, I am just plugging my ears.
The topic of ideal lipid levels is a controversial one. There are advocates for ideal ranges that contradict each other. Plus, the ideal ranges for ApoE4 carriers may be distinct from those for the general population, and many studies do not take ApoE status into account. So it is confusing. If you’d like to read more of the on-going conversation about lipid levels, you can use the search function, which you access via the three dots to the right of your user name.
Have you had a chance to look at the Primer for this website yet? viewtopic.php?f=33&t=1418 is the link.
It is a great place to start since it provides a basic overview and some prioritized steps for minimizing the health risks of the ApoE4 allele and optimizing well-being. ( Apologies: the link I provided does not seem to be working. You can access the Primer by going to Welcome, and then find the link there. )
If you feel like telling us more about yourself and what brings you to the site, Our Stories is a place for that introduction.
This is a lively and tremendously supportive community. There are people following different approaches, though most of the basics overlap, and sharing their personal experience as well as relevant new studies. Please ask questions as they come up.
Best wishes, and again, Welcome to the site.